Cycle A

Good News A30

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Matthew 10:26-33 New American Bible

Matthew 10:26-33 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

Even all the hairs of your head are counted.

 

          Many people do not know about Jesus Christ.  They do not know that he died on the cross so their sins would be forgiven.  If someone asks them if they know Jesus Christ, the truth would be, “No.”  However, you do know Jesus Christ.  He taught you to love your neighbor as yourself.  If someone asks, “Do you know Jesus, the Son of God?” Your truthful answer would be, “Yes.”  Peter was afraid the soldiers would kill him if he said, “Yes.”  Would you be like the apostle Peter and say, “I don’t know him?” Or would you say, “Yes.  I am proud to know Jesus Christ even it means I will be killed.” If you say that you don’t know him, when your life is over, Jesus will say, “Father, I don’t know this person.” That would be worse than death itself. 

          Losing your soul is worse than death.  If someone can kill just your body, Jesus says don’t be afraid of them.  But if they can kill both your body and your soul, these are the people to fear.  The only person who can kill your soul is you.  You are the only one who is responsible for your soul.  Others may tempt you, but if you ask for God’s help, he will keep you away from evil ways. 

          Your heavenly Father knows everything that happens to the sparrows.  He also knows everything about you. He knows how many freckles you have.  He knows if your big toe is shorter than the toe beside it.  He even knows how many strands of hair there are on your head.  He knows when you are happy and when you are sad.  He knows when you help someone else.  He knows when you need help.  He knows what will tempt you to do wrong.  He knows how to help you to say “NO,” to evil.  All you have to do is ask him to help you. 

       Pray the “Our Father” and say, “Father, help me.  I cannot do this alone.  I need your help.  Please show me the path to take. In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.”

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

            

                  

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